$1.3 Million Unit will Treat for PFAA in Drinking Water Well
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--California American Water is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday
to celebrate the commissioning of its new well treatment unit on Nut
Plains Drive in Rancho Cordova.
What: Nut Plains Well Site Treatment Ribbon Cutting
3479 Nut Plains Drive, Sacramento CA 95827
When: 2:30 p.m.
The unit will treat for Perfluorooctanoic and Perfluorooctanesulfonic
acids otherwise known as PFAA which are found in some fire-fighting
foams and other industrial materials. It is an unregulated substance by
the United States Environmental Protection Agency that recently has been
identified as a possible water contaminant. In 2014 and 2015, California
American Water found low levels of PFAA at the wellsite, the only one of
more than 60 wells in the area. In 2016, the EPA lowered advisory levels
for PFAA’s as new science became available. The company proactively shut
the well down and commissioned a treatment project to build a unit to
treat for these substances.
“California American Water is erring on the side of caution because that
is in the best interest of protecting public health and safety,” said
Audie Foster, California American Water’s Director of Operations. “We
took proactive measures to protect our community, however small the
risk. I want to thank our state, federal and local government partners
for assisting us in expediting this project so we could bring this much
needed well back into service. I see this as a good example of
government and the private sector working together to efficiently
accomplish the shared goal of public safety and cost-effective
The total cost of the project is $1.28 million and employs a granular
activated carbon system.
California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK),
provides high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to more
than 660,000 people.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
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